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CNN
Dec 6, 2013 6:00am PST
at nelson mandela's political legacy, specifically his impact on president obama, whom he met back in 2005, when obama was then a junior senator, freshman senator from the state of illinois. rick stengel joins me from new york, former managing editor of "time" magazine, also collaborated on the important book "long walk to freedom" the autobiography of nelson mandela, lbs the author of "mandela's way: lessons on life, love and courage." rick, thanks very much for joining us. talk about this relationship between president mandela and president obama. >> you know, wolf, i thought the president was very eloquent yesterday, talking about what president mandela meant to him. in many ways i think mandela was partly responsible for barack obama's own political awakening. one of the great legacies of mandela particularly in america is that it was an awakening for so many people that people were looking at south africa, this land that with terrible prejudice, terrible authoritarian government and we were looking at it as almost a proxy for what had happened in america during the civil rights m
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 6:00am PST
point, president obama said nelson mandela makes me want to be a better man. you mentioned raul castro, of course, with nearly 100 world leaders gathered at this event, there were bound to be surprises. raul castro was on the diaz and speaking, as well as president obama. it would have been sort the of impolite. it would have been kind of a slap, really, if the president had gone up on stage and not greeted the cuban leader. that's par for the course at these types of events. as you also know, carol, he embraced president russov of brazil, a country that has been steamed at the united states because of those surveillance issues. he is headed away from the stadium and headed back to a rendezvous point before heading back to the united states. carol? >> going back to that handshake, maybe scottie can put it back up on the screen, the handshake between president obama and raul castro. quote, we have to reject the policies we put into place in 1961. in other words, it's time to end the nation's cold war standoff with cuba. i know what you said about this handshake, jim, but this sur
CNN
Dec 6, 2013 2:00am PST
when he spoke out against apartheid. for president obama, nelson mandela was a personal hero and personal idol who struggled his earliest ambitions. >> i am one of the first who grew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue of policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> reporter: they met in person only briefly in 2005 before obama became president. the two leaders, each standing in history as the first black president of his nation, spoke occasionally by phone. president obama penned the forward for mandela's 2010 memoir "conversations with myself." he wrote his example helped awakened me to the wider world and the obligation that we all have to stand up for what is right. through his choices, mandela made it clear that we did not have to accept the world as it is, take we could do our part to seek the world as it should be. when president obama visited south africa this summer, mandela was so ill, the two were unable to meet. still mandela's inspiration played large during the president's tri
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 4:00pm PST
is not the time for president obama to be embracing him. nelson mandela was great friends with bill clinton and barack obama and he was friends with gaddafi and castro. he's like the man of the year, nelson mandela, the time of all this global strife he still has a role as healing agent, bringing different people together on stage. >> and that's in fact something that mandela's former personal assistant said, tomorrow people should all be honoring their relationship with madiba, if it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, i would like to see that. that is what nelson mandela was and is bringing people together despite their differences. i guess that's the point is what could be more of a tribute to nelson mandela than people who'd normally would not talk, talking, and i'm not saying they have to be embracing or back slapping or even smiling, but talking. that would, i, might argue, be the greatest trigg tribute to nelson mandela that could you have at a nelson mandela memorial. >> you know how we have our state of the union addresses. and everybody watches the body language. obvi
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm PST
president obama to be embracing him. nelson mandela was great friends with bill clinton and barack obama and he was friends with gaddafi and castro. he's like the man of the year, nelson mandela, the time of all this global strife he still has a role as healing agent, bringing different people together on stage. >> and that's in fact something that mandela's former personal assistant said, tomorrow people should all be honoring their relationship with madiba, if it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, i would like to see that. that is what nelson mandela was and is bringing people together despite their differences. i guess that's the point is what could be more of a tribute to nelson mandela than people who'd normally would not talk, talking, and i'm not saying they have to be embracing or back slapping or even smiling, but talking. that would, i, might argue, be the greatest tribute to nelson mandela that could you have at a nelson mandela memorial. >> you know how we have our state of the union addresses. and everybody watches the body language. obviously that's going to be
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 10:00am PST
himself. and i think this is barack obama that kind of opened up to the spirit nelson mandela who, after all, was one of the most warmest, congenial, open politicians. you know, obama himself has been criticized as being colder and not as open. and the thing about mandela is the lesson that all politicians can learn from him is that while kefs very strategic, he was also very open, kept his enemies close and was also never too busy for the people. >> yeah. i mean, when i met him in cape town, south africa, back in 199 at the presidential residence, he was still president of south africa, he took me around. couldn't have been nicer, couldn't have been warmer not just during the formal sitdown interview but privately when we chatted, spoke about family and other things, he was a very, very impressive dignified man. >> and you have to wonder whether we're ever going to see the likes of any kind of an inspirational iconic political figure like that again. >> yeah. >> we just don't -- >> he was unique. we will miss him. gloria, thanks very much. the president, by the way, is getting ready to
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 3:00am PST
waiting for u.s. president barack obama. he's supposed to be the next speaker up here at the nelson mandela memorial. and that was important, i think, that he made this point to crowd. because this is a memorial and it is a solemn occasion, but there really is an unusual spirit of jubilation here because of what nelson mandela meant. we'll take a quick break. when we come back, we'll be waiting for the united states president to address this crowd at the nelson mandela memorial here in south africa. stay with us. >> we've been proud of you, madiba. beat, not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years, jim's medicine tied him to a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but now, with once-a-day xarelto®, jim's on the move. jim's doctor recommended xarelto®. like warfarin, xarelto® is proven effective to reduce afib-related stroke risk. but xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem. that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. so jim's not
CNN
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
. that stayed with president obama all through his life. nelson mandela was sort of always with president obama, and as you heard in the white house briefing room, he said nelson mandela is no longer with us, he is with the ages. president obama tried to visit nelson mandela over the summer when the president was traveling across africa. he was not able to do that, because nelson mandela was sick, but he was able to visit with the civil rights and anti-apartheid icon back in 2005 when barack obama was a member of the united states senate, and that was a meeting that has always stayed with p.m. many of the as a matter of fact arier this month he held a screening of a movie on nelson mandela's life here at the white house, where he also met with mandela's two daughters. >>> today he's gone home, lost one of the most inspirational, courageous, that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> the president of the united states speaking out. we've got some other guests, but mr. ambassador, you're here, you just heard jim acosta sources are now saying the president will go. the s
CNN
Dec 6, 2013 3:00am PST
, nelson mandela's passing. first, let's bring you up to date on your other headlines. president obama spoke out in defense of healthcare.gov in a wide-ranging interview with msnbc. the president says the website is now working and there's no reason for people to go without insurance. he defended his management of the rollout saying he is holding every cabinet member accountable. >>> no claim of responsibility yet in the shooting death of an american teacher in libya. ronald thomas smith was killed in a drive-by shooting in benghazi on thursday. his death comes days after al qaeda called for libyans to attack u.s. interests as revenge for october's capture of a suspect off the streets of tripoli. american officials are pushing authorities in libya for a vigorous investigation. >>> secretary of state john kerry meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu before returning to the united states. he was pledged to support the jewish state security throughout separate negotiations with iran and the palestinians. kerry's comments served as a peace offering to netanyahu called the d
CNN
Dec 8, 2013 3:00pm PST
nelson mandela's death, president obama ordered flags to be flown at half staff. one citizen says no, that is not right. why not? it seems like a gesture of respect. why isn't he lowering the flag? >> pickens county sheriff rick clark doesn't think it has place in south carolina in his county. he says this type of honor should be reserved for americans. nelson mandela is not an her can. he laid out his argument to our local affiliate, whns. take a listen. >> so a sign of respect for what nelson mandela has done. i have no problem with lowering in south africa for their country. but in our country, it is for our people who have sacrificed for our country. >> rick clark says it is the right thing to do at u.s. embassy in south africa but no place here at home. it had been quite easy to keep the flag at half staff. they had a deputy die earlier this week. they already had the flag half staff. they were also honoring pearl harbor. so it would have been easy for them to keep it up. >> he has some support. people say he is doing the right thing. what is the feedback? >> it is overwhelming
CNN
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
president obama only met nelson mandela once, i believe. there did seem to be a real connection between the first black president of the united states and the first black president of south africa. how do you think mandela impacted president obama's life? >> he said it in his tribute today. that this was the first political activism that president obama as a young man got involved with. the protest against apartheid in south africa. and yes, in 2005 at the four seasons hotel in washington, d.c., then senator obama, did get to meet mandela. he was very lucky. he was a freshman senator. he never met him as president although michelle and the girls did. this must have had the tremendous impact, the first black president of the united states, the first black president of south africa. it is really very, very important. and talking about him reaching across to allies. the black people were behind him and they rallied with great pain and sacrifice but so did so many whites in south africa. i remember being on campus during the apartheid days. and my friend john kennedy who took up the mantle
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm PST
flight to pay tribute to nelson mandela. on board air force one with president and mrs. obama, president george wurks bush and first lady laura bush and former secretary of state hillary clinton. on the way to south africa, they gathered together in the plane's conference room telling their stories that spanned three presidential administrations. president's clinton and carter are traveling separately to johannesburg. the last time these presidents were all together was in april at the opening of the george w. bush presidential library, but this event in a foreign country will mean much greater security concerned. sources involved in planning president clinton's prim to the funeral of israel prime minister rabin, and the funeral of pope john paul ii tells cnn it decrease nerve-racking to depend on a foreign country. >> they do a lot of planning and they're very good at this. the south africans have challenges, in addition to security, logistical challenges. >> reporter: the memorial service will take place in a soccer stadium that holds 90,000 people. more than 90 world leader
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 9:00am PST
surprise. we saw au president obama arriving on stage to pay tribute to nelson mandela and you see there the handshake. shaking hands with the cuban president raul u castro. a bit of a symbolic moment because of the strained relations that we mentioned earlier. patrick opman is our man in havana. i suppose when it comes to that handshake, it was nelson mandela's memorial. so in the spirit of reconciliation, he couldn't ignore raul castro. how is it being seen there in havana? >> if this wasn't the handshake heard around the world it's certainly is the handshake heard all over havana. i've been talking to people. it's all they have to talk about. they want to know what it means for them and future in cuba/u.s. relations. was is just a simple courtesy or does it mean there could be a change after all these years of really no change between how the two the countries get along or don't get along. this comes after months of a slight warming in relations. u.s. diplomats are now able to travel are outside havana more regularly. and the same for their cuban counterparts in washington, d.c.
CNN
Dec 8, 2013 3:00am PST
. lets talk about what's going on. tuesday, nelson mandela's memorial service, president obama, former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton, all going to attend. move on to "times" person of the year. "times" editors choosing the person of the year who had such an impact or people talked about so much. as for the online poll, we know egypt's defense minister came out on top followed by others such as new jersey chris christie, amazon ceo jeff besos. and yes, miley cyrus as well. friday, lets talk about budget negotiation deadlines for congress. uh-huh. getting it done is going to avoid another federal shutdown. we'll see if it happens. saturday the one-year anniversary of the sandy hook shooting tragedy. one year ago a gunman opened fire in a connecticut elementary school killing 26 people, most of them young children. who can forget that day. i know you remember where you were that moment you heard about it. sunday nelson mandela will be laid to rest, funeral and burial will be on the grounds of the leader's childhood home. they are going to erect a large tent. everyone who attends
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 3:30pm PST
president obama's handshake distract from nelson mandela's memorial? and a family of six found alive after two days lost in the freezing wilderness. great news. we'll go to nevada for the latest. good evening, everyone. news, there is a budget deal in washington. bipartisan negotiato
CNN
Dec 6, 2013 2:00pm PST
about some of president obama's special guests who will travel with him to south africa to honor nelson mandela. we will tell you who that is and more in just a moment. waffle bars... fancy robes... seems every hotel has something to love... so join the loyalty program that lets you earn free nights in any of them. plus, for a limited time, members can win a free night every day. only at hotels.com and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it. it's out there somewhere spreading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels. but we'd really like our truck back, so if you see it, let us know, would you? thanks. what? she loves a lot of it's what you love about her. but your erectile dysfunction - that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor a
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 10:00am PST
wall for. we are expecting, as well, that president obama may be touching base with nelson mandela's wife gra gracamachel, certainly something he's interested in doing. this is a such a logistical feat when you think of all these world leaders going to south africa and how big an effort this is to get president obama there. because mandela has been ill for so long, unfortunately, this is something they had some time to plan for. >> there could be a little diplomatic awkwardness on the podium. the program has been released by the south african government. we see president obama will pay special tribute. these are tributes by foreign dignitaries. six selected. the leaders from the u.s., brazil, the haven't of china, namib namibia -- libya and president raul castro of cuba will be up on the same stage with the president of the united states. i wonder if they'll shake hands, exchange words. could be a little awkward since the u.s. does not have the full diplomatic releases with canada and still cuba is regarded as a state sponsor of international terrorism. have they said anything at the
CNN
Dec 7, 2013 4:00pm PST
house confirming president obama and first lady michelle obama will indeed attend the national memorial service for nelson mandela on tuesday in johannesburg, south africa. that is going to be taking place in a soccer stadium with dignitaries from around the world to pay their respects. the stadium holds about 60,000 people. no word on whether the obamas will attend other events honoring the life and legacy of nelson mandela. >>> now, the story of a new york city homeless man who brings about the old don't judge a book by its cover. >> this is patrick. the kind of driven computer whiz who starts companies in college. he came to new york hoping to meet someone in tech to buy his ideas. he just didn't know it would be the homeless guy on the way to work. >> just has something about, the first time i remember thinking in my head, huh, who is this guy? >> this is leo. as a kid, he was obsessed with science, astronomy, chemistry, physics, but became a father too soon. lost his job, then his home. >> at first, what did you think he wanted? >> i didn't think, you got the wrong guy. he said, he
CNN
Dec 7, 2013 8:00am PST
. bush and bill clinton will join president obama at a memorial for nelson mandela next week as south africa mourns its former president's death. crowds outside his johannesburg home are singing their tributes. ♪ hundreds of people of all ages and colors are leaving candles, flowers, stuffed animals and balloons at the home of the civil rights icon. nelson mandela died thursday. he was 95 years old. when you talk about civil rights icons, the conversation ultimately turns to dr. martin luther king jr. well, dr. king never met nelson mandela. he did keep close tabs on the fight for equality in south africa. martin luther king iii said his constant fight for equality personified what me and my father often said, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." martin luther king iii joining me now. i'm quoting your dad. this is bringing so many people of all walks to reflect ton a giant man's life and the market that he left. >> yes, it is. he personified more than anything else and taught us the power of forgiveness. love and forgiveness was the essence of nelson mandela. dign
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 9:00am PST
divest in investments in south africa. the funeral for nelson mandela will be one of the biggest funerals the world has ever seen. officials preparing to welcome more than 91 current, former heads of state for this memorial. and president obama en route along with former president george w. bush. rare they're on air force one together. decided to get a ride. >> hitched a ride. they're going to be joined, of course, by former presidents bill clinton who was also close to any son mandela, as you said, and jimmy carter, too. he's going for the memorial service. some other world leaders who plan to attend for mr. mandela are the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon, david cameron, prince charles is going. the french president, francois hollande and even the cuban president, as we said he had ties with cuba in the past, raul castro, list goes on and on of dignitaries. >> of course, with president obama and three of his predecessors going to south africa, you can imagine what robin was talking about, and that is security and the kind of complex situation they're dealing with potentially
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 5:00pm PST
world is coming to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela, the father of south africa. it is the single largest gathering of heads of state and gives just in a few hours, president obama, former president george w. bush and hillary clinton sharing air force one, former presidents clinton and carter flying separately, along with presidents and princesses and kings from other countries. many converging on a soccer stadium here in johannesburg, it is built were we're told, for 90,000, may not be big enough. here they come to thank the man who led them to freedom. now how many other figures can you say that about? that they led a country to freedom and showed the world a better way. i had the privilege today of spending time with bono, the band member of u-2, he knew mandela personally and has been a champion for justice since the late '70s. >> when you first heard that he had died, what went through your mind? >> stubborn until the end, you know? it was like he was playing this -- he was trying to outstare god, and finally, god blinked. >> his leadership was in part to get a abi
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 11:00am PST
they're looking for them. amy, thank you very much. >>> coming up, president obama delivers a moving speech at the memorial for nelson mandela, but it's this moment that has many people talking. what does the president's handshake with raul castro mean for u.s.-cuba relations are going forward if anything? we'll talk about that. >>> also, the woman accused of shoving her husband off a cliff all of eight days after they said their i dos, her trial is just getting underway. the bride admits to pushing her husband to his death. he calls it self-defense. his friends, though, say something very different. that's next. orbiting the moon i. afghanistan in 2009. on the u.s.s. saratoga in 1982. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve current and former military members and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. maestro of project management. baron of the build-
CNN
Dec 8, 2013 5:00am PST
over south africa to honor mandela. world leaders are preparing to do the same as well. president obama, a trio of former u.s. presidents will attend mandela's memorial service on tuesday. we go to johhannesburg now. you've been discussing this move and what it meendz to spend the next few days celebrating nelson mandela. tell us more about that and what you've been seeing today. >> well, you can hear it as well. this constant lament, this constant song of thanks just around me here in the streets. people continue to come here. it's becoming like a pilgrimage, i think. and just remember, this is a very suburban street in a quiet wealthy area of johannesburg and ten blocks that way, eight blocks that way, people are parking their cars and walking, pushing strollers, bringing their children along, elderly people coming with bouquets of flowers. others have picked flouers from their gardens. this is a very south african affair. it's a mandela's south africa. it is such a multiracial crowd. you have people from all walks of life. and i think if there is ever any tribute to nelson mandela an
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 2:00pm PST
up, president obama opens up his tribute to nelson mandela. why did it resonate so deeply with so many south africans? >>> plus, the uproar over this handshake. critics blast the obama/castro greeting but one former president says he hopes it's an omen. life could be hectic. as a working mom of two young boys angie's list saves me a lot of time. after reading all the reviews i know i'm making the right choice. online or on the phone, we help you hire right the first time. with honest reviews on over 720 local services. keeping up with these two is more than a full time job, and i don't have time for unreliable companies. angie's list definitely saves me time and money. for over 18 years we've helped people take care of the things that matter most. join today. where their electricity comes from. they flip the switch-- and the light comes on. it's our job to make sure that it does. using natural gas this power plant can produce enough energy for about 600,000 homes. generating electricity that's cleaner and reliable, with fewer emissions-- it matters. ♪ >>> truly a remarkable gath
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 10:00pm PST
they did, anderson. we're told the bushes and obamas and secretary clinton were in the private conference room around the table hanging out and actually exchanging stories about their encounters with nelson mandela. would have been a fascinating conversation because between the three contingents there having these experiences with mandela that spanned three administrations and then after that, you know how it is on a long haul flight, even if you like the person you're traveling with, you need a little down time and alone time. the obamas retired to their cabin and the bushes took the medical office right behind their cabin and secretary clinton retired to the senior staff cabin. >> and president clinton, former president carter, they're coming separately on different flights. so many world leaders, very interesting not only from a security standpoint, but just logistically. you have world leaders that do not communicate with the united states. >> i think that's extraordinarily. these guys are making a 17-hour flight. so, it shows you how much they want to be here. the presiden
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 1:00pm PST
to nelson mandela today. president obama told the cheering crowd how the man they call madiba motivated him years ago. >> over 30 years ago, while still a student, i learned of nelson mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me. it woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. and while i will always fall short of madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man. >> let's bring in cnn chief international correspondent christiane amanpour from johannesburg. she was there for the memorial. good to see you as always. what was the atmosphere like there during the memorial? at times it was almost hard to hear the president. >> reporter: yes, actually it was quite hard to hear a lot of people. the president actually made himself heard the best. he spoke very clearly and got a massive applause from the crowd. remember, this is the first black president of the united states memorializing and honoring the first black president of south africa, and it was
CNN
Dec 6, 2013 11:00am PST
baldwin. the news is now. as the world mourns an icon, washington didn't always see nelson mandela as a saint. >>> america's unemployment rate drops, but will conservatives give president obama credit? >>> plus -- ♪ whiskey river >> willie nelson pugglled out oa gig at sea world after cnn's explosive film on killer whales. >> and when twitter bikes and critics sting. carrie underwood's version of a classic hits a nerve. >>> we have a lot to talk about here on this friday. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you so much for joining me. let's begin with this dangerous and deadly winter storm affecting millions of you all across the nation today. this freezing storm hitting from texas, all the way up to new york, you see the map here. the system causing flight cancellations, dangerous driving conditions, and now deaths. three adults have died in car accidents in both oklahoma and texas as a result of this storm system that you're looking at here. and in arkansas, one man died after a tree fell on his camper during the freezing rain. you know, ice can bring down the tree limbs and power lines
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 7:00pm PST
all hang out together? >> actually they did, anderson. we're told the bushes and obamas and secretary clinton were in the private conference room around the table hanging out and actually exchanging stories about their encounters with nelson mandela. would have been a fascinating conversation because between the three contingants there having these experiences with mandela that spanned three administrations and then after that, you know how it is on a long haul flight, even if you like the person you're traveling with, you need a little down time and alone time. the obamas retired to their cabin and the bushes took the medical office right behind their cabin and secretary clinton retired to the senior staff cabin. >> and president clinton, former president carter, they're coming separately on different flights. so many world leaders, very interesting not only from a security standpoint, but just logistically. you have world leaders that do not communicate with the united states. >> i think that's extraordinarily. these guys are making a 17-hour flight. so, it shows you how much they w
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 2:00am PST
including president obama and the first lady. we will have much more honoring nelson mandela coming up. >>> then a live "new day" exclusive a man who fell asleep on a flight. that's not unusual. we have all done it. then he woke up alone on a cold dark plane after it had landed and was trapped nearly an hour. it was locked. really. how does this happen today? we will talk to him and figure it out. >> a great question. i can't wait to see what he says about that! >> i'm concerned now. now i'm never going to sleep on a plane! >> you have to sit next to me and poke me! >> thanks, kate. >>> time for our morning rhyme. kate said there is a big, big storm out there today! today's tweet comes from franco franco francois. watching you makes my morning bright. please, will you drive my sleigh tonight? >> you got it! we will. >> i love that one. kudos to you, francois. you can all come up with your own morning rhyme. tweet us with the following hash tags any day of the week. >> i didn't even commit to this today. >> inadequate you feel? >> yes. >> i think that is the word you're looking for. >>
CNN
Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm PST
some of what mr. obama had to say. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us as best we can to forward the dpl that he set to make decisions guided not by hate but by love. never discount the difference that one person can make to strive for a further worthy of his sacrifice. >> well, one of nelson mandela's biggest supporters was archbishop desmond tutu. he presided over a church service in capetown to remember his friend a short time ago. these pictures coming into us about 30 minutes ago and people listening to mr. tutu's every word about his friend. archbishop tutu also released a statement saying, we quote, over the past 24 hour years madiba taught us how to come together and to believe in ourselves and each other. he was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. we are relieved that his suffering is over, but our relief is drowned by our grief. may he rest in peace and rise in glory. >> the memorials, the ceremonies are just beginning. so, too, will be the celebrations when people remember what a great bhan hefrls, all hills achie
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 2:00am PST
see george w. bush. former first lady laura bush. >> both michelle obama and barack obama have said how much he inspired them when mrs. michelle met him last year. >> let's listen in. >> we were talking earlier about the name nelson mandela. the name also madiba. explain that because many refer to him as madiba. >> it's better than mr. mandela or mandela. he actually preferred to be called madiba and i think people didn't know how to refer to him. the sense he was a father figure or a grandfather played in and he was radooted to his south african traditions. a lot of people just blankedly referred to him as tata which is father. when you talk about tata only one really father and the father of a nation but that personal intimate. no, he is my father too. i know when i've spoken to his personal assistant she didn't know what to call him. she said mr. mandela felt too form willal and mr. president was too formal and felt madiba was informal. >> i know you find that too. >> she called him grandfather. this sense of how they embrace him. >> rick stengel who co-authored mandela's biograp
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00am PST
africa to attend tomorrow's massive memorial service for nelson mandela. president obama is on his way, leading this national delegation of politicians and dignitaries. on air force one, former secretary of state, hillary clinton. also george and laura bush. several others. they're getting ready for this massive memorial. huge undertaking, and such a brief period of time. just think of the logistics here. this is just the beginning. after the memorial, mandela will lie in state for three days. and then be buried on sunday. and our chief international correspondent christian eon amanpour is live now from johannesburg where it's just after 10:00 at night your time. let's beginith this massive undertaking, the logistics and really the security at this stadium. >> yes, indeed, they're going -- obviously, as you can imagine, all out for security, and president obama is bringing three former u.s. presidents with him. not just george w. bush, but president clinton and president carter. president obama is due to speak at the memorial tomorrow, and this is going to be a huge event. most peo
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Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
. >>> president obama just minutes away from leaving the white house for a trip from south africa. he is one of four presidents expected to attend the memorial for nelson mandela. nearly 90 world leaders are scheduled to attend. hundreds left flowers and letters at the home where mandela has died. a south clone sheriff is refusing to do so. peckens county sheriff says flags should be lowered only for americans who sacrificed for their country. >>> stunning images out of brrksz soccer fans rioted in the stands on sunday. it shut down play for more than an hour after a key contest for two reserval brazilian teams. this is raising further questions ahead of the world cup there were concerns of fan violence, amazingly when four people were injured in all that of that chaos. >> you will probably recall the adventure 127 hours. he is expected in court this afternoon on domestic violence charges. he faces one count of assault and one count of wrongs to meerns. he was arrested in a woman's home. she has been arrested on the same charges. denver police have not released the exact sessions of t
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Dec 6, 2013 1:00pm PST
. thank you. >>> president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial next week. we have just confirmed that former president george w. bush and laura bush will make the trip with them on air force one. >>> coming up on "the lead" a terrifying scene as passengers on this plane watch their drama on live tv from their seats. what they're saying about the experience. >>> plus, it's one of the biggest sporting events in the world. now the u.s. must survive the so-called group of death to win. i don't just make things for a living i take pride in them. so when my moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis was also on display, i'd had it. i filly had a serious talk with my dermatologist. this time, he prescribed humira-adalimumab. humira helps to clear the surface of my skin by actually working inside my body. in clinical trials, most adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis saw 75% skin clearance. and the majority of people were clear or almost clear in just 4 months. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis.
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Dec 7, 2013 2:00pm PST
, this could be one of the issues we think about when we think about president obama. >> all right, professor, and david gergen, thank you, gentlemen, so much for being with us here today. >> thank you. >>> well, where throngs of people have gathered outside the home of nelson mandela all day today. we'll be going to johannesburg, dignitaries are headed to south africa to remember the leader. president obama will have additional vips with him on air force one. 1ñp i don't just make things for a living i take pride in them. so when my moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis was also on display, i'd had it. i finally had a serious talk with my dermatologist. this time, he prescribed humira-adalimumab. humira helps to clear the surface of my skin by actually working inside my body. in clinical trials, most adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis saw 75% skin clearance. and the majority of people were clear or almost clear in just 4 months. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lympho
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm PST
are pouring in for nelson mandela who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. president obama and the first lady will head to south africa next week to honor the south african leader thafl be traveling with former president bush and laura bush. wolf blitzer talked with clinton about the advice for mandela that guided him through some very difficult times. >> he was saying, if you're in public life and you have public responsibilities, you cannot be free and effective unless you have no personal feelings of anger. i remember one day, about a month after that whole impeachment business was over, henry hyde who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe it was a few months after, with you it was shortly after. asked for a meeting at the white house. for something that he was really interested in, he brought a delegation and my staff said i can't believe you're going to do. this i said it is my job to do it. he is a member of congress and a senior member. and they came and left. and as far as they knew, i did not even remember what had happened. i was able to do that because o
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Dec 8, 2013 2:00pm PST
obama ordered u.s. flags ordered to half-staff until tomorrow in honor of nelson mandela. it was lowered in a police station in south carolina, but it had nothing to do with man l mande mandela. instead it was for a deputy killed in the line of duty and in remembrance of pearl harbor. today the flag is flying at full staff and in direct defiance of the president. he explained why he refused? a shoaf sign of respect to what nelson mandela has done, and i have no problem for them lowering it in south africa, but in our country, it's for the people that sacrificed for our country. >> he faces no legal action and he's grateful that he can disagree with the president without fearing a reprimand. >>> a newlywed couple is accused of killing a man simply for the thrill of it. that's when police are saying about this young couple. they were married just three weeks at the time of the alleged krim. the details are horrific. alexandra field is on the story northwest of philadelphia. what are you learning? >>. >> reporter: deb, elytte barbour are telling police he and his new wife wanted to
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Dec 6, 2013 10:00am PST
world cup was played back in 2010. that is in fact, where nelson mandela made his last public appearance. eventually, he will be laid to rest in his hometown, his ancestral hometown. a lot of dignititories expected to arrive quite naturally to include president obama himself, as well, wolf. >> he and the family will be heading over there will the first lady of course, as well. thanks so much, arwa, for that report. remembering the life and the wisdom nelson mandela. my interview with the former president, bill clinton, he'll reflect on any son mandela, his friend. the lessons he personally learned from him. my interview with former president bill clinton on any son mandela, 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room". >>> other news we're following including ice, lots of it falling on roads in about a dozen states right now. we're going to show you who's in the bulls eye of this brutal storm right after the break. too big. too small. too soft. too tasty. [ both laugh ] [ male announcer ] introducing progresso's new creamy alfredo soup. inspired by perfection. new creamy alfredo
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Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
preparing to welcome some 91 current and ten former heads of state for the memorial for nelson mandela. among them, president obama, who along with first lady michelle obama left washington about an hour ago for south africa, expected to arrive in johannesburg early tomorrow morning. joining them will be former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush, david cameron and ban ki-moon among scores of other dignitaries. errol barnett in johannesburg for us. tomorrow is taking place in soccer city during the world cup, a huge stadium, 90,000 plus seats. given the interest and the crowds behind you now, will that be big enough to accommodate everybody? >> reporter: in a word, john, no, and that's why the government has facilitated three, count them three overthrow stadiums for people who want to attend tuesday's memorial service, plus they will be broadcasting the ceremony via livestream to 90 big screens set up all over the country. john, i'm not sure how many university football games you've been to but what's happening around me now you could compare to a battle of the bonds. over my ri
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Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm PST
for south africa, where more than 90 world leaders are planning to attend nelson mandela's memorial tuesday in johannesburg. inside air force one, the obamas and george w. and laura bush along with former first lady clinton, the former president bill and daughter chelsea are flying from an event in rio and linking up with the rest of the club tomorrow. president george h.w. bush who has been in poor health for some time will not be making the trip. together, they are set for an almost 20-hour flight, even though there's only one bed on board. >> air force one is a very intimate setting so that's the place where you can have quieter conversations. once you get to one of these massive events, it's very hard to have real conversations. >> these long flights, believe it or not, can forge friendships. in 1981, president ronald reagan could not attend the funeral of egypt's anwar saddat so he enlisted others to attend instead. the flight was said to be initially awkward and very long, but one notable friendship emerged. evident at ford's funeral more than 25 years later, when jimmy carter
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Dec 9, 2013 9:00pm PST
funeral back in 1966. >> well, and that should tell us how history will look upon nelson mandela. >> quite an amazing man. >> let's turn to the nsa, pretty controversial letter today from the bosses of apple, google, yahoo! facebook, linked in and twitter. to president obama, saying the key line, the balance of many countries has ticked too far away from the state and the individual, undermines the freedoms we all cherish, time for a change. now, one of the founders of twitter, jack dorsey, and what do you make about the standoff between the nsa who wants to have the right to poke in everybody's business because they believe it will stop trim. and obviously, the portals, saying whoa, steady. >> first of all, there are two parts of this. one, what the national security agency does in the united states with u.s. citizens. now, on the -- at least circumstantial evidence, at least whether or not they're behaving legally in regard to our constitution. the other part, what they do overseas in china and iran and other places. the point is, two different parts of it. because there is no
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Dec 7, 2013 3:00am PST
world come to south africa and pay their respects. u.s. president barack obama and first lady michelle obama have already said they will be coming to south africa, although the details are still alose siff. elusive. and the final event, a week from sunday, nelson mandela's funeral, the home of qunu, only family will be attending that. >> what a moment to be reporting a true moment in history as people remember what he did not only for this country, but for this world. thank you so much. we appreciate it. >>> still to come on "new day," brett favre -- >> former minnesota vikings -- >> here we go for minnesota again -- okay. he's the tyretired from the nfl. that does not mean he's done winning football championships. we're going to explain this next. ♪ we are the champions and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief. [ male announcer ] that's handy. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> 20 minutes after the hour now. likely hall of famer brett favre is a football champion again. well, sort of. >> the three-time mvp is now a defensive coordinator for the mississippi team. he helpe
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Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm PST
deepest sorrow. our nation has lost his greatest son, yet, what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. >> south africa's president announcing the death a short time later, president obama paid a deeply personal tribute. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they are guided by hopes and not fears. and like so many around the globe, i cannot full
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